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The DUSTMAN DILEMMA is a quintet from Caen, France, playing a charged instrumental avant-rock blend fueled by daring sax work and jazzy textures. Their debut album, First Trip to the Roaring Plains, was released in February 2012 on the Baboon Fish label.

The group consists of Laurent on keyboards, MaAs'K on guitar, Nico on drums, Sam on sax, clarinet, and flute, and Virgile on bass.

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4.29 | 7 ratings
First Trip to the Roaring Plains
3.91 | 15 ratings
On Second Thought
3.81 | 7 ratings
Third Sigh

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 Third Sigh by DUSTMAN DILEMMA, THE album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.81 | 7 ratings

Third Sigh
The Dustman Dilemma RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Steve Conrad

4 stars Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here

Hapless and Hopeless

In the beginning, there was "First Trip to the Roaring Plains"- that was in 2012. Then hard on its heels, "On Second Thought"; 2018. Now bearing down hard- "Third Sigh".

Is it just me, or do you sense a pattern here?

DUSTMAN DILEMMA or THE DUSTMAN DILEMMA (you choose) is a French waif...err French trio: Pierre Blin / keyboards, percussion, drums, synths; Samuel Frin / saxophone, clarinet, flute, tuba, trombone, keyboards; and Nicolas Tritschler / vocals, texts, drums, synths, accordion.

They appear to have lost or exchanged a few band members. Who knows- perhaps they got discouraged? Drifted off in a sea of confusion?

At Any Rate

Third Sigh is replete with world-weary voices, some in octaves, often founded on a rather monotone deep bass voice. The rest of the 'choir' seems to want to sing, and a few times the vocals are quite nice.

Consequently the voices seem to chant, and although I didn't have access to the lyrics (I wish bands would make these accessible without too much travail), what I could distinguish sounded well, hapless, bordering on hopeless. Resigned. Not really expecting much any more.


As you can observe above- and factoring in the additional wind-power of adjunct Dust Persons: Samuel Belhomme / trumpet; Manuel Decocq / violin; Maxime Métais / guitar, bass; and Andjelka Zivkovic / vocals, piano- DUSTMAN DILEMMA eschew progressive rock conventions.

And I say "bravo"!

We get ambient sounds, skirling synthesizers, mournful chants, growing discord, distant voices sometime sounding distressed, and pulsing polkas gone berserk.

My Favorite Track

Although each of the nine tracks has its demented charm, its world-weary sigh implicit in its quiet suffering, "The Backlight" somehow leans less brokenly, less listlessly than its fellows. There's the pulsating opening, a bass guitar lick that repeats and brings some dissonance over held synthesizer chords, and that very deep male voice singing/chanting dirge-like lyrics.

A harder edged section emerges with drums and guitars swinging a bit harder than before, and more voices are added to the infernal choir. The backing brass and woodwinds grow more frenzied and build...then dwindle (frenzy takes too much energy!), and fades...into an obnoxious held pulsing tone.



I really enjoyed this hapless, hopeless ensemble of tunes and miscreants- quite a departure from the symphonic progressive rock some people find useful.

4 Stony Stars- an excellent (and probably damned) addition to any progressive rock collection.

 On Second Thought by DUSTMAN DILEMMA, THE album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.91 | 15 ratings

On Second Thought
The Dustman Dilemma RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams

4 stars Their music theory is simple but complicated ... the album "On Second Thought" was released in 2018 as the second album of a French avantgarders The DUSTMAN DILEMMA. Such a weird sleeve pic tells something novel, that avantgarde fans should get immersed in completely.

The first titled track, featuring deeply dark, suppressive chorus along with cynical, complex but fundamental, primitive melodic lines, sounds quite funky and monotonous. This sound atmosphere cannot be heard usually methinks. It might be fine this strategy be their characteristic and intention. On the contrary, the second "Facing The Dilemma" where crazy, energetic saxophone play is pretty impressive, exactly reminds me of Japanese jazz rock pride Djamra, filled with strange rhythmic basis and unpredictable melodic progression. Every single phrase is not so tough to be understood but the combination of all sentences is beyond expression. Even the shortest one "Resignation" is not easy for you to digest, I'm sure.

"Beyond The Veil", one of my favourite songs of theirs, can be called as another introspection. This bluesy one should be seasoned with sensitive moonshine-ish beautiful texture by moderate but serious, strict keyboard works. All instruments get unified into musically sincere attitude. "Back And Glad" is a comfort full of funny, funky danceable voices and shouts and mischievous sound structure in the middle part. Basically they play without massive complexity (also in "Definitely Hammered" every single measure sounds pretty simple really) but sound / music crystallization is innovative and amazing. Anyway I suppose if they might play such an improvised inactivity (in a good sense of course!) like the last "Foresign" ... very enjoyable for me to see the appearance of the audience.

In conclusion, their musical method for the audience is that they construct complicated architecture with short, tiny, but intensive, vigorous phrases together. Makes sense.

Thanks to holymoly for the artist addition.

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